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A world on fire : a heretic, an aristocrat, and the race to discover oxygen

Author: Joe Jackson
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This gripping account of a key tipping point in the history of science is set against the upheavals of a revolutionary age. 8-page photo insert.

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Joseph Priestley; Antoine Laurent Lavoisier; Antoine Laurent Lavoisier; Joseph Priestley
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joe Jackson
ISBN: 9780143038832 0143038834
OCLC Number: 143634307
Notes: Originally published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2005.
Description: 414 pages, 8 pages of plates ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: God in the air --
Part I. Problem. The cloth-dresser's son ; The sums and receipts of parallel worlds ; The gas in the beer ; The prodigy ; the goodness of air ; The problem of burning --
Part II. Solution. The sentimental journey ; The mouse in the jar ; The twelve days ; The language of war --
Part III. Reward. "King mob" ; The world out of joint ; The new world ; Epilogue: the burning world.
Responsibility: Joe Jackson.

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An exhilarating narrative, sweeping us through great discoveries and international rivalries, yet strengthened by meticulous research and analysis. (Jenny Uglow, author of The Lunar Men) This tale of Read more...

 
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